Chris Froome extends his overall lead in Tour de France after stage 12 descends into chaos

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Thomas De Gendt won the wind-shortened 12th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday after getting into an early breakaway and easily sprinting past Serge Pauwels on the steep slopes of Mont Ventoux.

As race leader Chris Froome (Sky) accelerated away from the GC group with Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) for company, a TV moto collided with roadside fans and took the three men out.

The incident left Froome and Porte without bikes, and saw the Team Sky man finish a couple of minutes down on his rivals and desperate for intervention by the race commisaires to retain his overall lead.

Luckily for Froome they did just that – leaving him 47 seconds clear of second-placed Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) overall.

Tour de France 2016 – stage 12 results (Montpellier – Mont Ventou):

1 Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

4:31:51

2 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

+02”

3 Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)

+14”

4 Stef Clement (IAM)

+40”

5 Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)

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6 Bertjan Lindeman (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+02’52”

7 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data)

+03’13”

8 Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+03’26”

9 Chris Anker Sörensen (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

+04’23”

10 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+05’05”

11 Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)

+05’24”

12 Fabio Aru (Astana)

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13 Louis Meintjes (Lampre – Merida)

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14 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

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15 Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

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16 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+05’31”

17 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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18 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

+05’36”

19 Richie Porte (BMC)

+05’05”

20 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+06’30”

 

General classification after stage 12:

1 Christopher Froome (Sky)

57:11:33

2 Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)

+47”

3 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+56”

4 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+01’01”

5 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

+01’15”

6 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+01’39”

7 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

+01’44”

8 Fabio Aru (Astana)

+01’54”

9 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+01’56”

10 Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

+02’11”

11 Richie Porte (BMC)

+02’22”

12 Louis Meintjes (Lampre – Merida)

+02’29”

13 Sergio Henao (Sky)

+02’36”

14 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)

+03’14”

15 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

+04’28”

16 Geraint Thomas (Sky)

+05’51”

17 Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)

+07’35”

18 Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)

+08’02”

19 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+11’20”

20 Mikel Nieve (Sky)

+14’15”

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